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Karate kids

Karate classes for children in a happy and safe karate school


Karate for Kids happy student

Our karate classes for children in West Lindfield and Willoughby are super fun and super popular. 

Karate for Kids provides karate instruction for children in a safe, happy and encouraging environment where your children will be looked after by qualified staff, have fun, get fit and be active. With our karate classes they will learn self defence skills, learn how to deal with other kids at school as well as developing personal discipline and confidence while having fun and making new friends. Our instructor/helper:student ratio is the best in the business - 5.66 children to 1 instructor/helper in most classes. 

TERM TWO, 2014 starts April 28th. Spaces still available.

Where are we?

Karate for Kids classes are held in the Lindfield Community Hall, West Lindfield. This is a central location, at the local West Lindfield shops and a short drive from adjoining suburbs including Chatswood, Lane Cove, Lindfield, Killara, Gordon, Pymble and St Ives. Some of our students travel from Ryde, and Forestville so it's closer than you think!

How old do you have to be?

At Karate for Kids we teach children as young as 4 years old. We have a Teens group on Saturday but you have to be 12 years old to join that.

Separate or all together?

Some Martial Arts schools teach everyone all together but at our karate club we run separate classes for different age groups. This seems to work best. There are no "Beginners Classes" so new kids are encouraged to learn at their own pace. Training with kids your own age is more fun and more rewarding and has a knock on effect of teaching tolerance and understanding. 

Why are we called Karate for Kids?

We are called Karate for Kids because we only teach kids. No adults, ever... We learn Okinawan Goju Karate plus the good stuff from other styles so if you prefer to say you learn at the Lindfield Goju Karate school, that's fine too. 

The Chief

The Karate for Kids Chief Instructor, Sensei Caroline Manly, designs all the classes and ensures they are a good mix of high energy, fitness and fun. She was taught in the traditional style of Okinawan Goju Karate and has spent many years adapting the traditional Goju Karate exercises and techniques to suit the young students' of today. She says "I recognise that all forms of martial arts have something to offer the student so I have to admit I have borrowed the best ideas from taekwondo, judo, aikido, kung fu and even boxing!" She is a good role model with plenty of teaching experience and her assistant instructors are graded black belt with a good understanding of how to teach kids. All of the instructors have been checked by the Department of Education Working with Children Check. 

Sensei James, under the guidance of Sensei Caroline, does a lot of the teaching. "He's young, enthusiastic and strong" she says. If you want to read a bit more about James <go here> to his profile page

Even if you don't live close to Lindfield where the classes are held you will find this website informative and useful as a comparison to other schools of Martial Arts. 

Take advantage of Sensei Caroline's teaching experience and the knowledge she is happy to share with you. 


Unlike some Martial Arts schools, the Instructors and Helpers at Karate for Kids are all over 18 years so they have a few life skills and the maturity to manage lots of kids. 

Classes focus on... 

Parents often don't know what to look for in a school of martial arts - Should the classes focus on

To say a martial arts school only teaches Self Defence is very limiting as learning self defence skills should be seen as developing "life skills" - coping with all the things life throws at you, working with others, building personal discipline, growing in confidence and learning to be the person you were meant to be. 

The classes are...

Karate for Kids classes are dynamic and fun and they suit everyone. We never focus on any ONE thing but make sure the classes are well rounded, incorporating games, fitness activities, self defence skills and basic techniques.   

Confidence boosting

The instructors at Karate For Kids will show your children how to do the techniques properly.  By joining us your children will be encouraged to learn how to do the skills properly so they won't hurt themselves or each other and they'll learn that karate is for the dojo (training hall), with other karate friends or to be used in self defence and not as a way of bullying other children at school. Sensei Caroline takes this last point very seriously and in the 28 years of teaching she has promoted the idea of using karate to boost kids' confidence. In virtually every class she reminds the kids that karate is to never to be used to bully other children. Using karate skills in an aggressive manner is totally against the concepts and principles taught at Karate for Kids.

Testimonial from a parent

"Thankyou Sensei very much for your kind words. My son is really enjoying his training with Karate for Kids and I have seen a huge improvement in him already. He has tried other karate schools but none of them match your ability and patience with the kids. Once again Thank you, you're a great teacher." Peter

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